Hoary-headed GrebeScientific name: Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Meaning of name: Poliocephalus is from the Greek words polios, meaning grey, and cephalus, meaning head.

Aboriginal name: Wyooda (why’oo’dar).

Distribution: Most common in the south west and south east of Australia but are widespread.

Description: Up to 30.5cm long with a 46cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 596 km (as at 10 June 2012). This distance was travelled in 5.8 months.

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2


Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html